A few weeks ago, I shared about all the different religious choices around us every day, and I gave one reason that my family chooses to be Southern Baptist in the larger Christian faith. I am back to share another reason my wife and I choose to be Southern Baptist, and it has to do with writing. I like books. I like to read, and one of my favorite pastimes is talking with authors. I am fascinating with how story is created.
In my passionate enjoyment of stories and their creation, I have gotten to speak to some amazing authors. Spending time in writing and reading circles, I have, also, met a peculiar type of person. I have met some quirky people that introduce themselves as “a writer.” Myself being immediately intrigued by that claim begins to ask questions, and I am shocked by their answers. What have you published? Nothing yet. Who have you submitted your story too? No one yet. Can I read your story? It’s not finished. I’m busy with my other job. What genre are you exploring? I haven’t narrowed it down yet. What do you have? I have a great title! After a few questions, I realize that they are actually an “aspiring” writers, not an actual writer, and many are actually aspiring to be an aspiring writer! Then, I have a chuckle. They claim to be a writer, but they do not do what a writer does, namely write and complete stories.
Isn’t this one of the major world complaints toward Christians? Christians do not act like Christ. Christian do not live what they preach. Christians like to put on the title of Christian more than they want to put in the work and service of being a Christian just like those so called writers do not want to put in the incredible effort to craft a captivating story. Just like I said in my latest article on why I am a Southern Baptist, you can tell a lot about a church by how they spend their money, you also can tell a lot about a church by how they spend their time. Do they just say they are Chrsitians or do they put in the great effort to live it? I believe Southern Baptist churches work hard to live out their faith. They claim to be Christian, and they do what Christians should be doing.